Skylar Mack, American teen jailed for violating quarantine in Cayman Islands, gets reduced sentence

A U.S. teen jailed within the Cayman Islands for violating COVID-19 restrictions will solely serve two months behind bars, her lawyer stated Tuesday. Skylar Mack, a 21-year-old school scholar, was arrested on November 29 after breaking her quarantine to attend her boyfriend’s jet ski competitors.

Mack and her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, have been initially sentenced to 4 months in jail however the punishment was lowered to 2 months at an appeals courtroom Tuesday, lawyer Jonathan Hughes advised CBS Information.

Hughes stated the appeals courtroom agreed the four-month sentence “was not applicable” given the circumstances of the case. “While it was our hope that Skylar would be capable to return dwelling to renew her research in January, we settle for the choice of the courtroom and stay up for receiving its written causes in the end,” Hughes stated in an announcement.

Mack, a pre-med scholar at Mercer College in Georgia, flew to Grand Cayman on November 27. She was ordered to quarantine for 14 days and was given a wise wristband and cellular phone to trace her actions, Hughes stated. Mack signed a doc, agreeing to not go away her place of isolation with out permission and to not take away her wristband.

Two days later, she was seen at a jet snowboarding competitors with Ramgeet, who’s a Cayman Islands resident. Mack wasn’t seen carrying her wristband and so they have been each reported to native police and transported to a compulsory quarantine facility.

On December 4, Mack was charged with leaving her dwelling throughout the obligatory quarantine interval and Ramgeet was charged with aiding and abetting her, stated Hughes. Later that day, they have been each given 40 hours of group service and fined $2,600 every.

Prosecutors appealed the sentence, calling it lenient. The Cayman Islands Grand Court docket agreed and the younger couple was resentenced to 4 months in jail. As she has already served 1 week, she needs to be launched in roughly 4 weeks, based on Hughes.

Decide Roger Chapple defined his determination on the listening to on December 15. “This was as flagrant a breach as could possibly be imagined; it was borne of selfishness and vanity,” Chapple stated, based on the Cayman Compass newspaper. “This was fully deliberate and deliberate, as evidenced by her need to change her wristband the day earlier than to a looser one which she was then in a position to take away.”

Her household has condemned the four-month sentence, saying she has been handled unfairly and has referred to as on the Trump administration to intervene. Her father, Dennis Mack, stated he would not know why somebody has taken a “private vendetta” in opposition to his daughter. “We’re sort of on the mercy of one other nation,” he advised CBS affiliate WGCL.

The Cayman Islands have reported 316 optimistic coronavirus circumstances. Greater than 280 sufferers have recovered, whereas two residents have died.

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